On the surface, nothing seems amiss…other than it’s the cleanest 1977 Chevrolet Blazer to exist on planet Earth since about the time Brian was a toddler and my dad was getting some surprising news from my mother. Looks like nothing other than a beauty of a restored Blazer, right? All the way down to the hubcaps, perfect. Solid axles underneath, mint condition removable cap, The absolutely decked out interior with the faked woodgrain…it’s perfect. And that’s the entire goal that Chevrolet had when putting the Blazer-E together. Nothing seems amiss until you turn the key and instead of hearing an asthmatic 400ci V8, you hear nothing. When you put your foot down, you don’t hear a Quadrajet moaning away like the ghost of Jacob Marley. All you hear is tire on road and the wind getting bashed in by square-body aerodynamics.
We’ve seen this before from Chevrolet. Last year it was the E-10, the tricked-out 1962 C10 pickup truck. The year prior, it was the E-COPO Camaro. The goal is for GM to lead the way in electric powertrain crate motor packages, solidifying an offering ranging from the Bolt EV’s drive unit (which the Blazer-E has, offering 200 horsepower and 266 ft/lbs of torque) all the way through whatever LSX riot-in-a-box your heart desires. Going back to the Blazer-E, outside of the electric power steering, the electric pump that is providing vacuum for the brakes, and the controller to drive inputs to the Blazer’s gauges…including the “fuel” gauge that now demonstrates battery power, it’s all 1977. Okay, there’s now a four-speed automatic, that came later on in the run. But you know what we mean.
GM is currently training up shops to be Electric Cruise and Connect installers and the first to pilot the training will be Lingenfelter Performance Engineering out of Brighton, Michigan. Lingenfelter? Um…yeah. The people who know how to make a GM product dance. They will be driving the EV swing forward. We can’t wait for an electrified Monza to hit the circuit.